News

Rage Against The Machine pelted with coins during nude protest

Rage Against The Machine pelted with coins during nude protest

Rage Against The Machine star Zack De La Rocha is still proud of the band's infamous naked protest Photo: WENN

Rage Against The Machine┬ástar Zack De La Rocha is still proud of the band’s infamous naked protest at Lollapalooza in 1993, even though pranksters in the crowd pelted their privates with coins.

The “Killing In The Name” hitmakers stripped off and stood naked onstage in front of thousands of revelers at the event in Philadelphia before walking away without playing a note of music.

The headline-grabbing stunt was staged to protest against bosses of the Parents Music Resource Centre, who were calling for a ban on explicit content in music, and De La Rocha still has painful memories of the day.

He tells NME magazine, “The performance that day was more, um, performance art than a rock concert. We appeared completely naked onstage with the letters P-M-R-C written on our chests, which stood for Parents Music Resource Centre – an organization of Washington wives who were trying to censor rock and rap music.

“We had duct tape across our mouths, we let the guitars feed back and then we left the stage. That was the entire show. The point that we were hoping to make was that you can’t always take it for granted that you’ll be able to hear music that challenges the status quo. People are trying to rob you of those first amendment rights. But let me tell you – a lot of quarters were thrown at our d**ks.”

Recent Headlines

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

Fresh
AP491836413688

A look at some of the biggest hits and best scores this week in sports.

in Entertainment

Coming soon: The Mustache Hall of Fame

Fresh
burtreynolds

There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock 'n' roll, so why not those with a hairy upper lip?

in Music

Pink Floyd warns album ‘not for iTunes generation’

Fresh
pinkfloyd

David Gilmour has warned the band's younger fans they might not enjoy the upcoming album.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

Fresh
mississippi

A complete look at this weekend's sports schedule.

in Entertainment

Inspiration for ‘Harry Potter’ nemesis revealed

harrypotter

J.K. Rowling says the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge is based on a teacher to whom she took an instant dislike.